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Life at 100- Secrets to Aging Well

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Life at 100 can be pretty good - and who should know better than a group of 100-year-olds. They're up on technology; stay connected with family and friends; and, cherish their independence, according to a recent survey.

Maybe we can all learn some lessons about attitude and planning for a long life from this group of centenarians.

What is their advice for a healthy aging?

  • Stay close to friends and family.
  • Keep the mind active.
  • Laugh and have a sense of humor.

This peek into the lives and attitudes of centenarians gives us some insight into the lifestyle and actions of those who age well and can play into our own thinking and planning for the future.

Technology --- It's not just for the young. Of those surveyed, 19% use a cell phone and 21% reported that they go online, with 12% sharing photos. More than half know about Nintendo's Wii Fit and 3% dated someone they met on an online dating site.

Independence - The 100-year-olds said independence comes with simple things, such as the ability to take care of themselves on a daily basis, staying in good health, and being able to make their own financial and health decisions.

Pop Culture - These folks aren't sitting on the sidelines. American Idol was their favorite TV show. When asked who they would most like to have dinner with - the top three choices were Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods and Oprah Winfrey. On their "do not invite" list -- Britney Spears and Howard Stern.

There are common themes that are coming across in the three years the survey has been conducted, according to Dr. John Mach, a geriatrician and chairman of Evercare, a part of UnitedHealth Group which conducted the survey.

"It's more about the things under our control - our lifestyle choices, our spirituality and our interest in staying engaged in the world around us. Centenarians are a remarkable generation of Americans whose life experiences, positive outlook and desire to continue to try new things should be an inspiration to us all," he said.

Those who reach 100 are one of the fastest growing demographics. The population of people 80 and older is projected to increase 233 percent by 2040, compared with a 160 percent increase for people 65 and over and 33 percent for the total population of all ages.

Good reasons to plan now for your health and wealth as you age. And, also to take the advice of today's centenarians and stay active and involved.

What do you think about living to 100? Are you planning now for a longer life?

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